This thread is a few years old but I still thought to contribute.
Yes Matcha is different from regular tea, as it is the whole leave ground into powder. And not any tea leaf, the tea is grown in the shade so it remains soft and bright, it's picked when still young and the stem is removed by hand before the leave is turned into powder. This is one of the reasons it's expensive.
Yes the taste is a bit bitter, but it's one of those flavours that you love more and more as you get used to it. This is the "powdery" taste of green tea ice cream they serve in asian restaurants. If you don't like bitter, a bit of sweetener makes it perfect. I use stevia with my matcha, (I find stevia works well in some applications as a sweetner, but in other uses it can be bitter itself!) however with matcha, stevia is perfect. It makes it sweeter and no bitterness is detectable.
According to the post below, consuming the entire tea leaf would have benefits for UC.
I am a consumer of Matcha, but did not take it everyday to know if it would help my UC, if I were to observe it more closely and notice benefits I will report back here.
Aside from UC potential benefits, matcha is great at making the mind more alert
, in a calm way (not in a gittery way like coffee does). It is also a great anti-oxidant.
On the negative side, matcha is mostly grown in japan, and post Fu-kushima nuclear plan diasater, I wonder if it has an radio-activity to it... I still drink it.
Finally, if you buy matcha, since it's expensive, it would be best to store it in the fridge / or if you have a large quantity keep some on hand and put the rest in the freezer. It doesn't go bad, but it does lose freshness and become more dull in colour and a bit less fragrant when kept out a long time, I learned this after my 200g of ceremonial matcha (higher end of matcha, which is usually bright green) turned dull like the cheapest kind of matcha. It's still usable, both for drinks and in baking. I sometimes throw in some matcha when making my banana "bread" (I actually use organic oats & bananas, which doesn't require any sugar, fats or wheat to make a nice little bread), it gives it a nice colour and flavour and an additional way to use the matcha.
(Please not URLs to websites selling products, this is a bit spammy.)
Post Edited By Moderator (iPoop) : 4/3/2018 11:04:04 AM (GMT-6)